Haunted Halloween Walk planned Saturday in Rosedale

Rosedale Development Association invites the public to walk along the first Haunted Halloween trail in the Rozarks from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

While there will be a spooky atmosphere to the event, it will nevertheless be appropriate for all ages because the trail walk will be family-friendly and geared toward a younger audience.

After the Harvest will be holding a pumpkin give-away and other community partners will be present with booths and resources. In lieu of candy, healthy snacks will be provided to the first 100 youth.

“The idea for a haunted walk actually happened during RDA’s Luminary trail last holiday season,” said Samanthé Burton-Bosket, RDA’s program director. “Neighbors loved celebrating the holidays on the trails, and we wanted to celebrate Halloween the same way!” Given that the woods always look a little spooky in the autumn as the leaves fall, RDA felt that a Halloween-themed trail walk would be a fun event for all of Rosedale to enjoy.

The haunted trail walk begins at Mount Marty Park, home of the Rosedale Memorial Arch and one of the trailheads of the Rozarks hiking trails.

The Haunted Halloween trail walk will be approximately half a mile long and will feature a spooky spider cave, werewolf den, and witch’s lair. Although the sun won’t set until 6:30 p.m., RDA recommends attendees bring flashlights because the woods may be darker earlier. Halloween costumes are encouraged but remember to bring comfy walking shoes.

Healthy Halloween began during the Rosedale Healthy Kids Initiative, which was created by a coalition of RDA, University of Kansas Medical Center, Rosedale Ministerial Alliance, and KC Healthy Kids. This coalition studied factors correlated with poor health determinants among children in Rosedale. They identified a need for increased opportunity for youth to make healthy food choices and be physically active.

During Halloween season, children are offered candy almost everywhere they go. Healthy Halloween is a fun and active alternative where the snacks are healthy and the candy is saved for another day. In 2015, then KCK Mayor Mark Holland proclaimed the festival date as “Healthy Halloween Day,” emphasizing the importance of nutritious options for kids and “a neighborhood culture where the healthy choice is easy and fun.”

RDA is presenting the Haunted Halloween Trail as a safe and outdoor variation of their annual Healthy Halloween event. All social distancing guidelines will be followed during this event and the public is asked to wear masks when they are within six feet of people outside of their household.

For updates, visit www.facebook.com/RosedaleDevelopment.

Halloween events planned in Wyandotte County

Several Halloween events are being planned for children in Wyandotte County.

Before you go, here are some safe Halloween tips, from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Get tested for COVID-19 before mixing with people outside of your immediate family; respect social distancing guidelines; and wear masks to keep young trick-or-treaters safe.

Residents are advised to avoid crowded indoor parties, and to trick-or-treat outdoors in small groups, according to KDHE. Those who feel sick should not participate in activities or attend celebrations. If you are unable to socially distance indoors and outdoors, wear a mask, KDHE recommends.

The indoor recreation center Halloween parties are not being held this year. Here are some Wyandotte County events – outdoor activities – we have heard about:

Wednesday, Oct. 27

South Branch Library


From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, South Branch Library parking lot, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Trunk or treat. Wear a mask. There will be social distancing. Kids are invited to wear costumes. Candy, crafts, games and a photo backdrop are planned. For more library programs, see www.kckpl.org/.

Friday, Oct. 29

KCKPD

The Community Policing Unit of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department is sponsoring a drive-through Trunk or Treat from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at 6601 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. Masks will be required, and there will be social distancing.

Turner Recreation Commission

The Turner Recreation Commission will sponsor the Spooktacular from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Swartz Field, 5142 Swartz Road, Kansas City, Kansas. Children may wear costumes, walk around the track and trick-or-treat at each station. There will be hot dogs. Masks are recommended. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/TurnerRecreationCommission.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Casa – Worship House Christian Church


Casa – Worship House Christian Church, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a trunk and treat outdoors from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. There will be giveaway goodies, toothbrushes, gently used clothes, hot dogs while supplies last. Also there will be COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 testing, with Heart to Heart assisting. Vaccines should be scheduled in advance. See details at www.facebook.com/casadealabanzaKCKS.

Bonner Springs Library


The 9th annual Boo Bash will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Bonner Springs Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs, Kansas. Almost all the activities, except the haunted house, will be outdoors. There will be stories on the back lawn, games, music, a craft to take home and a treat. Kids can wear costumes. For more information, see https://bonnerlibrary.org/.

KCKCC – TEC Center


Kansas City Kansas Community College is inviting the families of all staff, faculty and students as well as community members to KCKCC’s Kids Spooktacular Movie Night. There will be activities from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the parking lot of the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas. Activities include carnival rides, inflatables, tractor train, a bounce house and food trucks. The movie, “Trolls World Tour,” will start at 7:30 p.m. There will be three 26-foot movie screens, so everyone can enjoy the entertainment. The sound for the movie will play through the car radio. The Kids Spooktacular Movie Night is free and open to the public.

Rosedale Development Association


The Haunted Halloween Trail will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Mount Marty Park, Seminary Street and S. Hill Street, Kansas City, Kansas, It will be a family-friendly event. Walk the Rozarks Trail, costumes are encouraged and all ages are welcome. Participants should walk in groups.

The Legends Lawn

Halloween on the Lawn will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at The Legends Lawn, at the Legends Outlets at I-435 and I-70 in Kansas City, Kansas. Costumes are encouraged in this family-friendly event. There will be a movie screening of “Hocus Pocus,” along with face painting and a magic show.

Sunday, Oct. 31

Alcott Arts Center


Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, is holding a trunk or treat from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The event is outdoors only. The theme is “Scooby Doo.” Children are invited to wear a mask, socially distance and wear a costume. Alcott is accepting donations of candy and treats. Also, volunteers are needed. For more information, visit www.alcottartscenter.org/.

KCK Farmers Market scheduled to open Sunday

Note: Check with the KCK Farmers Market Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kckfarmersmarket to see if it will be open in the event of a storm.

The KCK Farmers Market opens Sunday, May 16, in the Rosedale area of Kansas City, Kansas.

The market’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at 4020 Rainbow Blvd.

This year, the KCK Farmers Market will be open at two locations, according to Stephanie Moore, board chair of the group.

The downtown Farmers Market location will open Wednesday, May 19, in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, in the parking lot of the Merc Co-op at 5th and Minnesota Avenue. Then, the downtown Farmers Market location at 5th and Minnesota also will be open on Saturday, May 22.

Hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Merc Co-op parking lot will be 8 a.m. to noon. The Merc location is new this year, Moore said.

She said the farmers market is having a soft opening for two weeks until crops get a little more mature, and the market may grow as the year proceeds.

“Pretty much all the farmers are from within the metro,” Moore said.

There are some from Wyandotte County, and also surrounding areas such as Miami County, she added. There are also some New Roots for Refugee farmers from Catholic Charities.

All the fruits and vegetables come from within a four-state area, with many closer to the metropolitan area, she said.

Last year they saw vendors selling fruits and vegetables that were in season, mushrooms, jams, jellies and other items. She’s heard a vendor this year will offer hand-made brooms, and also has a hot-dog stand.

Moore said the farmers market is much different from a chain grocery store. The chain grocery typically will get its food from across the nation, with some fruits and vegetables from California or other places.

The farmers market, as well as the Merc Co-Op, focuses on local farmers.

“It’s much fresher, it’s harvested when it’s supposed to be, and not ripening on the truck,” Moore said.

When asked about prices, Moore said she wants to say they’re comparable, but local often costs a little more than chain grocery store prices. That’s because the chain stores buy in bulk, she said, and often the farmer isn’t handpicking the fruits and vegetables. Overhead is a little different, as there is typically a small increase in price to pay for the local produce and to support local farmers, she said.

Moore said the KCK Farmers Market has operated almost 20 years. Originally the KCK Green Market, an organic initiative through EPA support, it changed to a farmers market as they discovered it was hard to meet all the requirements through the entire food chain.

The Rosedale market started in 2009, she said. The KCK and Rosedale farmers markets merged in 2020.

The downtown farmers market formerly was at 6th and Tauromee and has moved three blocks this year to the parking lot of the Merc Co-op. The Merc opened at 5th and Minnesota last July.

The farmers markets accept debit and credit cards, Snap and cash. EBT-SNAP users’ funds will last twice as long with “Double Up Bucks.” Senior vouchers also will be accepted.

Moore says she enjoys going to farmers markets.

“I love seeing the farmer, and I love to ask him about the product and why they grow it, and how to cook it, how to prepare it and what’s a good recipe for it,” she said.

With the participants from New Roots for Refugees, Moore said she has seen some vegetables at the farmers markets that she had not seen before. “Our New Roots for Refugees farmers like to grow what they know,” she added.

The KCK Farmers Market hours:

Rosedale, open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sellout, 4020 Rainbow Blvd.

Downtown KCK , open Wednesdays starting May 19 from 8 a.m. to noon or until sellout, at the Merc Co-Op parking lot, 501 Minnesota Ave.

Downtown KCK, also open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon or until sellout, at the Merc Co-op parking lot, 501 Minnesota Ave.

Sunday’s farmers market in Rosedale will be rain or shine and will stay open unless there is lightning, Moore said. People may check the KCK Farmers Market Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kckfarmersmarket to see if there are any changes because of the weather.